_____ AudioDesk 2 _____
multitrack digital audio software

for Mac OS X

AudioDesk is a full-featured audio workstation software package for Mac OS X.
AudioDesk provides 24-bit/192-kHz recording and real-time, 32-bit effects processing. The software includes multi-track audio editing, sample-accurate placement of audio, a complete virtual mixing environment with up to 64 stereo busses, automated mixing, graphic editing of mix and effects automation, scrubbing, trimming, spotting, crossfades, support for third-party MAS effects plug-ins, unlimited digital track bouncing (including effects and automation), and much more.

AudioDesk does not place artificial restrictions on the number of tracks you can work with. Unlimited audio tracks means AudioDesk is ready for as many tracks as your Macintosh will allow.


View your audio tracks in a single, unified mixer. Configure up to twenty effects inserts per audio channel, and 32 stereo busses. Everything is automatable, including effects parameters with five advanced automation modes, beat-synchronized effects and sample accurate editing of automation data. The automation system features a rich set of user interface technologies such as event flags for discrete events and spline tools for manipulating control points. Automation parameters are displayed in real world values such as decibels and milliseconds - not arbitrary values (0-127).


AudioDesk includes dozens of real-time DSP-effects with easy to use graphical controls and complete automation. Combined, these included effects meet all the demands of today's audio production process; you'll find two, four and eight band EQ, tube-simulation and distortion effects with the flexible PreAmp-1 plug-in, reverbs, a compressor, a synthesizer-style multimode filter, echo & delay effects, chorus, phaser, flanger, and more.

AudioDesk places no limits on the number of tracks you can use simultaneously. AudioDesk supports simultaneous use of the MOTU Firewire and PCI drivers so you can use any combination of MOTU Audio interfaces.
AudioDesk's Bounce to Disk feature gives you an unlimited number of audio tracks by letting you non-destructively combine them into a single track or stereo track pair. Need to hear 100 audio tracks at one time? No problem. Bounce them down. A bounced mix plays identically to its source tracks, sample for sample.Original tracks are always preserved, so you can go back and tweak them if needed.

Audio Effects
AudioDesk provides dozens of real-time, automatable 32-bit plug-ins, with graphical control including reverb, dynamics processors and EQ. Use the effects as an insert, on a single channel, or via a send/receive bus.The number of effects you can apply at any one time depends only on the speed of your computer. There is no built-in limit in AudioDesk: the faster your Macintosh, the more effects you can use at one time.

Effects included with AudioDesk
AutoPan, Chorus, DC Notch, Delay, Dynamics, (gate, expander,, compressor and limiter), Echo, eVerb, Flanger, MS Decoder, Multimode Filter, Parametric EQ, (2-band, 4-band or, 8-band), Plate, Phaser, PreAmp-1, Quan Jr., Reverb, Ring Modulator, Sonic Modulator, Tremolo, Trim

Apple Multiprocessor support
A dual-processor Power Macintosh effectively doubles the available processing power for plug-ins running across multiple tracks. AudioDesk dynamically manages CPU load across multiple processors, including third-party plug-in processing bandwidth, so that all existing MAS-compatible plug-ins can take advantage of AudioDesk’s multiprocessor support.


View and edit all of your digital audio tracks in a single window. Graphically draw volume automation curves. Pan sounds left to right. Even loop recordings - all as your music plays. Select only the tracks you want to see or show them all. Zoom in to work on fine details or zoom out for a wide overview.
Re-size soundbites by dragging their edges. Scrub digital audio to find exact start and end points for edits. Split and trim soundbites to work with smaller regions. Strip Silence works just like a noise gate with adjustable threshold, attack & release. The crossfade feature eliminates unwanted clicks and pops. Copy and paste regions to repeat verses or sound effects. "Drag and drop" audio regions from the soundbites window to any editing window for intuitive placement. All of these operations are nondestructive so you can always revert back to your original recording . Record and insert volume and pan effects. Even import material from your favorite sample CD-ROMs, then use any of AudioDesk's editing functions to customize them for your music.

AudioDesk can and import and export entire multitrack projects from (and to) Digidesign Pro Tools (or any other OMF compliant system) via DigiTranslator and OMF. For example, you can import a Pro Tools session, work on it in AudioDesk, and then deliver it again as a Pro Tools session, with all tracks, regions, crossfades, and time-stamps intact.
AudioDesk includes built in OMF integration tools which allow you to export your project to a ProTools environment. OMF export does more than just copy audio data - critical information such as session offset, audio region placement, and crossfades (either rendered as audio regions or transferred as editable crossfades) is preserved.
AudioDesk and
Digital Performer can seamlessly exchange projects (without MIDI or surround tracks).

What's New in AudioDesk 2

Mac OS X support
Support for multiple MOTU CoreAudio drivers. operate MOTU PCI and FireWire audio hardware products simultaneously with AudioDesk. For example, you can use your
MOTU 828 FireWire audio interface together with your MOTU 2408mk3 PCI audio interface.

Support for Mac OS X's Audio MIDI Setup utility - Universal MIDI system management.
AudioDesk shares a common studio setup with all of your Mac OS X MIDI applications for AudioDesk's MIDI Machine Control and MIDI sync features.

Multiprocessor support
AudioDesk now doubles the available processing power for plug-ins on any dual-processor Macintosh.

Collect audio data for backup
The "Save As" and "Save a Copy As" commands have a "Duplicate audio data" option that automatically collects all audio files, fades, crossfades, and PureDSP analysis files associated with the project and puts them together in a folder. It doesn't matter where the original files are: they could be scattered over several hard drives. But AudioDesk faithfully finds them and assembles them into one folder. You can then backup, transfer, compact or otherwise handle the project as a single folder with the complete assurance that all associated files are right there in the folder.

Ten levels of undo
AudioDesk remembers your last ten undo operations so you can feel free to experiment with your editing. The undo history window display the 10-step undo history at a glance and lets you jump instantly to any location in the history.

New plug-ins
All of AudioDesk's included plug-ins have been given a whole new sleek look. And you get several new plug-ins that you'll be able to put to use immediately. The new Multimode Filter provides resonant filter effects, much like a modular synthesizer. The Plate reverb provides exceptionally smooth reverb with up to a minute of reverb time. The Trim plug-in allows you to match gain, alter stereo channel imaging and provides precise metering of audio signals. Quan Jr. provides on-the-fly bit reduction for a wide array of "bit crusher" effects. A new Ring Modulator is also included.

Enhanced menu organization

Commands System -Expanded customizable keyboard shortcuts
AudioDesk’s ‘Remote Controls’ feature has been gexpanded into the ‘Commands’ window, which lets you assign computer keystrokes to virtually any function in AudioDesk. The Commands window allows you to completely customize your computer keyboard interaction with the software.

Automatic Conversions
AudioDesk can automatically convert audio data wherever necessary to make it conform to the current project's sample rate, sample format and tempo. These new auto-conversion features streamline the process of importing audio quickly into your projects.

MP3/REX/ACID File Import - simply drag MP3 files, REX (Recycle 2) files, or ACID files into AudioDesk to import.

Compact Project
This new command is the ultimate way to get rid of all the unused material in a project and prepare it for transfer or archiving. This command discards takes, gets rid of unused soundbites, compacts audio files, regenerates fades — all to your exact specifications and all in the right order to achieve maximum efficiency.

OMF import/export
AudioDesk supports complete multitrack session interchange with Pro Tools, including track layout, frame-accurate audio region placement and volume and pan automation data.

FireWire video output - monitors QuickTime video via a FireWire device.

Merge Soundbites - combine several soundbites with one easy operation.
Graphic time-stretching grabs the edge of a soundbite with the hand cursor and watch it stretch as you pull it longer or shorter.

Graphic fade handles
Edit fades graphically directly on soundbites in the Edit window. Even graphically edit multiple fades simultaneously. For example, if you needed to make all fades in a track a little longer, you can select all soundbites and then grab one fade to change them all. Fades and crossfades are preserved during editing operations, such as dragging, shifting, compacting or setting the soundbite start time. For example, if you trim the edge of a soundbite, and it has a fade on it, the fade will remain after the trim operation.

Edge-editing multiple soundbites
You can now drag the edges of multiple selected soundbites, moving them relative to one another or making them all snap to the same location.

Stationary play head
AudioDesk’s "Continuous Scrolling" preference causes the playback wiper to stay anchored to the center of the window while the data in the window scrolls behind it. You can opt to view a moving wiper as in previous versions, if you wish.

Wiper-centered zooming
AudioDesk’s playback wiper now serves as the anchor point for zooming (in and out). You can quickly zoom in to a specific location and then zoom back out, and the focus point always remains in view. This makes zooming much faster and more convenient, even during playback and recording.

Lock playback to selection
Make a selection and instantly begin looping it.

Solo exemption
Some tracks, such as aux tracks, should never be muted during soloing. The new Solo Exemption feature lets you protect tracks from being muted.

Soundbite sync points/time stamps
Instantly snap audio regions to their originally recorded time. Export/import time-stamped audio regions to/from Pro Tools and immediately restore their original positions in the track. Adjust soundbite location based on a sync point rather than the beginning or end of the region.

Audio bundles window
Create audio input, output and bus setups and reconfigure the I/O setup in your AudioDesk projects with just a few clicks.

Custom track colors
Color-code the tracks in your projects in any way you wish to clarify their grouping and organization.

Dockable tool palette
All of the tools you need are just a click away in the new= dockable tool palette, which always stay attached to the edit window at any location of= your choosing.

Up to 20 effects inserts per track
More real-time effects processing at your fingertips. AudioDesk now lets you configure up to 20 inserts per track .

Measures and beats
AudioDesk now lets you specify time musically in measures and beats, so you can easily record and edit according to musical boundaries. For example, you can now set up the edit grid to snap to quarter notes or eighth notes for easy and convenient musical editing.

Global time formats instantly changes the time format displayed throughout AudioDesk in time rulers, dialogs, and anywhere time is displayed. Choose any time format (Measures/Beats, SMPTE frames, real time or samples) and change it at any time.

Multiple plug-in windows - Open two or more plug-in windows simultaneously.

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India S.U.N. Media - tel. 91-22-8843772
Japan Musetex/Orbit Ltd - tel. +813 5486 7021 - E-mail
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advanced technologic sound magazine
2003 july-august issue 116

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